The Ellipse

The Ellipse

Author: Graham Pardun

This lesson introduces the ellipse and defines the following associated terms: conic section, foci, major axis, minor axis, vertex, and center

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The Basics of That Profound Conic Section, the Ellipse

Once upon a time, circles were thought to be the end-all, be-all...and then Kepler discovered that the planets of the solar system travel in elliptical orbits, so that pretty much did it for circles! Here are the basic concepts of an ellipse: the foci, the axes, the center & the vertices.